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David Bazan: Bless this Mess

You may be familiar with David Bazan; he was one of the interesting characters in Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music and got a sympathetic treatment in Body Piercing Saved My Life, and has had a somewhat uneven career since the breakup of his band Pedro the Lion.

I’m not a fan of Bazan exactly; I think there’s something underimagined about the way he goes about being “a Christian rocker not playing Christian Rock;” it’s almost as if he’s managed to be derivative from something that’s already derivative. But I’m sympathetic toward Bazan and wish him well on his spiritual journey, etc.

Still I can’t help but wonder if there isn’t something approaching apostasy when someone writes songs with lyrics like “God bless the weeds in the wheat; God bless the light in the bushel.” There’s a line in there somewhere that shouldn’t be crossed, and I’m not sure if Bazan crosses it here. I wouldn’t call it “apostasy rock” per se (there’s already too much of that, and it’s easy to identify), and I don’t think this is it. But still, etc.


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